Choices can either make or break us. Decisions are not to be taken lightly, especially when it comes to our vision. Certain choices we make can determine the success or the failure of our dream. It is important, therefore, to make decisions that align with your vision.
From the inception of an idea to its realization, you should be aware of the power of the choices you make. You cannot afford to unwind your progress over a poor choice. So take all precautions and consider the consequences of the decision that lies ahead before you make it.
Many people do not realize the importance of making choices that bring them closer to the life they want so that they can live it fully. If you see yourself raising a healthy family, then you must be conscious of the lifestyle you and your family have. It means choosing your meal plans and fitness routines wisely. You might have to walk the few blocks to the store instead of taking the car. It might mean introducing a monitoring tool to see whether you and your family are on track to lead a healthy lifestyle. You might even need to incorporate fun family activities that keep your mind and your body active and healthy. All these choices will aid you in ensuring that your goal to be healthy family becomes attainable.
Discard the choices that take you further away from your goals. There is no point in starting a business, taking up a job or getting into a relationship that does not feed into your ultimate vision. It wastes time and energy that you should be spending on building your dream. Ask yourself, “Will this set me up for future success, or deplete valuable energy that I can put to better use?”
If your answer is that it is not leading you in the direction where you want to go then maybe you need to make a different choice. Once you know where you are heading, you can choose whatever aligns with where you want to be.
The dos and don’ts of decision making.
Effective decision-making occurs when you first outline your vision, values and goals. This can raise your awareness on how to align daily choices to produce results. If your vision is not clear, it may be difficult to make the right choices to ensure that you fulfil it. Bring clarity on what it is you want to achieve and make sure it is complete with the timelines in which you wish to achieve it. Do as much research as reasonable into actions you need to take and choices you need to make. Be conscious of the choices you need to make about the options before you and understand their impact on your dream.
When you are faced with big decisions, you shouldn’t rush into them. Do not give in to the pressure of making a choice if you are not sure how it will impact your business, work or relationships or your overall vision. It is rushing to make choices that can propel us into moments of failure and uncertainty. So it is important to take your time when you need to make big decisions. Risking it may not always be worth it as it may cost more than you are willing to pay.
This is not to say you should not take risks, but be careful about the risks you take.
Do not decide from a place of fear. It can unravel the confidence you have built for your vision. So, do not allow any situation to intimidate you into choosing what you are not ready for.
It is also important not to give in to the pressure that comes from other people when you need to make decisions. As the curator of your dream, you hold all the power in making choices. It is good to have people who can advise you but maintain the veto on the final decision. It is your dream after all. Any consequences that come are your responsibility, so you would rather make the choices you need to without giving in to pressure from external forces. This takes strength and courage.
Make sure the choices you make do not compromise your values and your beliefs. No choice should make you sell out on who you are. When you are aware of who you are, who you want to become, and how you want people to perceive you, you are in a better place to make decisions that align with that. When many options seem reasonable, it is helpful and comforting to rely on your values and use them as a powerful guiding force to point you in the direction you want to go.
When you come to the crossroad of life and you are not sure which way to turn, think about what you do when you approach a railroad crossing. A speeding train about to cross your path can be darn right intimating. It’s impact isn’t your best choice. So too, achieving your goals can seem intimidating if you do not make the right choices to pursue your vision.
The Railroad Crossing Technique
This technique can help you align your decisions for greater goal achievement.
When you approach a railway crossing and you see a speeding train blasting it’s horn close by it makes you slow down and think. Life too can be loud and fast-paced. So when you need to make the choices that are best for where you want to go quieten the noise around you and slow down the pace.
Increase your powers of observation. When you see the train close by you become alert and become very cautious about proceeding. Be alert before you make major decisions that impact you and your vision.
Some call it a gut feeling and some call it instinct. Some call it just being plain smart. Whatever it is, it is worth listening to. If you have a sense of foreboding, then do not go through with a decision. Don’t let the train wreck your vision before you are ready to proceed. Become clear about what your instincts are telling you what to do about a pending decision?
Discern and Proceed!
Discerning is about having a deeper understanding by pushing the pause button. When the train passes it is time to proceed. When your heart, your head and your gut agree that all is well, then you are free to make your decisions to go ahead.
If the decisions you make determine the outcome of your vision, then you should be careful to make choices that align with where you want to be. Every small step you take toward your ultimate destination will help you get there. So does every single choice you make.
Thank you for Reading,
Take care, be safe and continue becoming the best version of yourself.
(From Build Your Vision, found in the Storefront)